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Book research and a poll.

Hi folks -

So I have a book coming out in late October or early November, so it's time to start thinking about how to prepare. I plan to give away the book electronically via my website, plus it'll be available as a Kindle book among other formats. When it hits the shelves, I plan to partake in a book tour or two, with readings and signings and more, and give away signed copies and so forth... but I'm unsure how much of this would actually be useful without knowing more. So: A poll!

Poll #1600753 Book Research.

How do you like to read books by a new author?

Kindle.
4(7.7%)
Other ebook format (I'll explain in comments).
7(13.5%)
Print book.
38(73.1%)
Audio book.
3(5.8%)
Other (I'll explain in comments).
0(0.0%)

If you like an ebook *you paid for*, how often do you buy the print version?

Always.
1(2.6%)
Usually.
2(5.1%)
Sometimes.
6(15.4%)
Seldom.
5(12.8%)
Never.
3(7.7%)
I don't read ebooks.
22(56.4%)

If you like an ebook *you got free*, how often do you buy the print version?

Always.
0(0.0%)
Usually.
4(10.5%)
Sometimes.
8(21.1%)
Seldom.
3(7.9%)
Never.
1(2.6%)
I don't read ebooks.
22(57.9%)

If you download a free ebook or audiobook and like it, do you donate to the author?

Always.
1(2.6%)
Usually.
3(7.7%)
Sometimes.
9(23.1%)
Seldom.
5(12.8%)
Never.
3(7.7%)
Did I mention that I don't read ebooks?
18(46.2%)

If you donate for free ebook or audiobook downloads, how much do you give?

Mean: 4.82 Median: 5 Std. Dev 1.34
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(9.1%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
2(18.2%)
5
7(63.6%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
1(9.1%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

How cool is a custom, illustrated flash drive containing many e-formats of a book, plus art and other cool stuff?

Awesome. I want one and would pay paperback prices for it!
5(12.2%)
Cool, and I'd pay enough to cover the cost of making it.
4(9.8%)
I'd like it but wouldn't pay more than the cost of the drive.
1(2.4%)
Meh.
19(46.3%)
Seriously? I want my electrons in pure electron format.
3(7.3%)
What is this technology of which you speak? And didn't I mention I hate ebooks?
9(22.0%)

Which of the following book-promo things interest you?

Video book trailer.
10(9.2%)
Live readings and signings.
27(24.8%)
YouTube readings.
7(6.4%)
Book parties at a friend's place.
17(15.6%)
Contests to win free stuff.
17(15.6%)
Interactive author websites and blogs.
26(23.9%)
Other (I'll explain in comments).
5(4.6%)

How do you discover and buy new books?

Amazon.
21(12.1%)
Barnes & Noble brick and mortar store.
15(8.7%)
Barnes & Noble online.
4(2.3%)
Powell's Books brick and mortar store.
4(2.3%)
Powell's Books online.
7(4.0%)
Borders brick and mortar store.
13(7.5%)
Borders online.
1(0.6%)
Independent store (I'll tell everyone the store's name in comments).
12(6.9%)
Used bookstores.
22(12.7%)
Library (I buy if I like it).
15(8.7%)
Reviews from critics I trust (I'll note who that is in comments).
16(9.2%)
Recommendation from friends.
34(19.7%)
Other (I'll explain in comments).
9(5.2%)

I wish to complain about this poll.

Because one always needs this option.
13(81.2%)
Let me explain....
3(18.8%)

Last question for today: I'm planning a book tour! If you attend author readings and would like me to visit your town, where do you live?



Thanks!
Chris

Comments

m_danson
Aug. 2nd, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
I don't read ebooks either online, pdf, or kindle/etc. I like the idea but it doesn't work for me right now. I spend so much of my working day reading (large) documents on my computer screen that my eyes get tired and that form of reading has been divorced from pleasure. I do enjoy reading shorter stuff online. Blogs, articles, short stories, serials, etc are a perfect length for my usual style of online pleasure reading. Longer stuff gets sliced and diced by my checking the 14 other things I'm doing at the time. When I read novels I like to focus on them. I can't do that when I'm on my computer.

The custom flash drive however lit up with a big flashing sign that said: "GIFT IDEA". I have a friend who is attached physically to her kindle. If she could transfer the book into her kindle (I'm not sure if it has a usb port) then that is a very sweet format. One of the things I'm miffed at kindle for is how difficult it is to share/lend books.

I buy almost exclusively from Chapters (Online and in store) since I am in Canada.

Reviews by people I know/follow are my primary means of finding new books. Reviews in magazines (ie Spectrum) or articles I read for other reasons are secondary. Also I am likely to look for new books by authors I've had positive experiences with (whether or not I've read their books).

If I really like a book that I've gotten for free (borrowed) I will buy it.
mckitterick
Aug. 2nd, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Like you, long ago I realized that I can't use the same computer for computer-ey stuff _and_ reading pleasure. Somehow, lying down with a book propped on my chest is really the only way I can get into a novel.

Thanks for the feedback! The flash drive would include a Kindle edition, I'm sure, though one of the summer workshoppers says that one can send all kinds of files (such as .pdfs) to his Kindle email and use that as a sort of library cloud.